I WROTE MY WAY OUT

I can’t get enough!

AMANDA GORMAN | YOUTH POET LAUREATE

Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, is the 19-year-old Los Angeles native and Harvard sophomore chosen for the poet laureate role last year.

 

Daughter’s Metro Map to City Identity

 

On Slauson I straddle Black girl tango
between northern heights
and south hair salons
Home.
Here I am diamond
solitary treasure
on Western I am unclaimed Christian
scribbling homilies on spines
of wrinkled church fans
here I am veteran
clutching cement scar
I am bandage sticking to sidewalk
On Centinela I vibrate the highest
I am journal of streets
hymnal of homeless, homebound
impoverished and important

#thefutureisfemale

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name.

We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!

Most of us can’t help but live as though we’ve got two lives to live, one is the mockup, the other the finished version, and then there are all those versions in between. But there’s only one, and before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now there’s sorrow. I don’t envy the pain. But I envy you the pain.

URSULA LE GUIN | REST IN PEACE

Margaret Atwood on Ursula . . . ♥

♥ MLK via LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA ♥

Just seeing this . . . . ♥

TIPS FOR LIVING | RENÉE SHAFRANSKY

When your friend publishes her first novel, you sit down with a pot of strong coffee and look forward to a few hours of hearing her voice in your head. This was my second mystery novel (my first was Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow, pub’d in the mid-80’s!) and I thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure out who’d killed the main character’s ex-husband and new wife/baby mama after they move to her small Long Island town and set up house. Renée is also a psychotherapist (we met in graduate school) so the novel is peppered with beautiful insights into human behaviour, especially surrounding issues of insecurity, grief, envy, and jealousy.

A satisfying, quick read for a winter’s day. BRAVA, Cookie!

MY DAUGHTER, MY SELF | HOW TO RAISE A READER

One of the more interesting personal questions I get these days is how do I feel about being a step-parent? Pretty broad question, so I usually ask the asker to narrow it down and be more specific. How do I feel about sharing space with a kid? How do I feel about disciplining a kid? How do I go about setting boundaries? How do I share my beliefs and passions which might be different from those of her other parents?How do I feel about co-parenting with her father? How do I feel about the myths surrounding mothers and step-mothers? How much is true, not true? It is a goldmine of information, half-truths, experiences, etc. And, of course, it changes from raising a toddler to a tween to an adolescent to a young adult. At least I have a lot of experience in the last three categories!

Since I’m a big reader and was as a child, I am asked how I go about selecting books for her, how I got her to love reading, what habits I inculcated so that reading truly became, if not a passion yet, at least not a chore. Well, leading by example is the most obvious way to teach a child anything and she certainly sees both her father and me reading in the mornings and in the evenings before bed. I also parallel play with her, where we sit in my studio and read together then dramatize something that we read. She loves performing and is really good at bringing a scene to life!

She flew through the Harry Potter series early without a glitch. She read some classic favourites and still discusses her beloved characters as if they were friends or acquaintances. She’s open to all sorts of genres and after recently reading the unforgettable and transformative, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume, it created the path for a more nuanced conversation about the changes looming on the horizon.

How to Raise A Reader

SHANGRI-LA

MY FAVOURITE SIGNS FROM THE L.A. MARCH

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton lyrics were popping up everywhere!

WOMEN’S MARCH 2018 | LOS ANGELES

We the People.

Once again, historic.

ALY RAISMAN BRINGS BRINGS HOME THE GOLD ON A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL

Inspiring to watch this young woman address her abuser and the organizations that empowered and enabled this nightmare with such clarity, conviction, anger, and strength. If this video is removed, go find it somewhere online and watch the entirety of her address to the judge in the Larry Nasser case. This is what a leader looks like.

“Come hell or high water, we will find a way to take every last one of you down that could have stopped this monster,” said Amy Labadie, a former gymnast who testified Friday morning. She added, “It’s hard to see into the future and not think this will affect me forever.”

#fierce

#strong

#unapologetic

#thefutureishereandsheispissed